Signed on Friday, Kendrys Morales is starting tonight

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Some guys need a minor league rehab to get into game shape after missing spring training and a long layoff. Kendrys Morales is just gonna start hacking: He’s in the lineup batting sixth in his Twins debut tonight against the Blue Jays.

Morales signed a one-year contract worth a prorated $7.6 million the other day. He’ll presumably be the full-time DH going forward.

Athletics DFA Liam Hendriks

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The Oakland A’s have designated reliever Liam Hendriks for assignment.

Hendriks got blown up for four runs on four hits — two homers — in an inning of work yesterday and the A’s have apparently seen enough. It’s been a rough go if it all around, really, as he’s posted a 7.36 ERA over 13 appearances.

Hendriks, who appeared in 70 games last season, signed a one-year deal last winter to avoid arbitration. The deal is for $1.9 million, so anyone claiming him off of waivers or trading for him will owe him a bit over half of that. Given the durability the eight-year veteran has shown in previous seasons that’s not out of the question, but his ineffectiveness this year, combined with a groin problem that caused him to miss some time, may give suitors pause.